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Applied Orton technique here. Taken on one of MANY volksmarch's while in Germany!! This was late afternoon and half way through the walk, I found this beautiful place. The hikes are incredible as you find all kinds of beautiful hidden places throughout the small towns but it was the end of the walk I liked best when everyone gathered in the fest halls for beer, coffee, bratwurst and 'pommes frites' and DESSERTS!! My favorite was the 'kaffee and kuchen'! Man it was good!!!!
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    A beautiful capture, Dianna! Great composition and colors!

6/20/2007 9:42:07 AM

 

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Terrific job on this wonderful setting, Dianna! Loved all the story that you told as well. Wonderful memories!! Great effects too!!

6/20/2007 10:42:17 AM

 
Steve M. Harrington
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My German is coming back to me! If I recall correctly, I want my kuchen to be thick, rich chocolate! :) This scene is lovely Dianna.
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6/20/2007 1:58:58 PM

 
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Gorgeous image and beautiful effects.

6/20/2007 4:00:24 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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Very pretty setting and Image Dianna. Nice job with the orton.

6/20/2007 4:03:41 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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HI MIKE!! You know how much I appreciate your comments?? LOTS!! Thank you!

Joyce, It truly was the best EXPERIENCE of my life!! Luckily I have a few friends over there with standing invitations and plenty of room to accomodate my little one and I! Thank you for the wonderful comments!

Hey there Steve!! Sie sprechen Deutsch ganz Guter! ( I think, LOL!) ME TOO, on the chocolate!!! Thanks so very much!!

Hiya Roxanne and Peaches!!! I value and appreciate BOTH of you AND your comments!! :):):)

6/20/2007 4:39:08 PM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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This is beautiful, Dianna!!

6/20/2007 7:10:21 PM

 
Joerg Schlagheck
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Very beutiful capture, Dianna! I was born in Germany, but have not been back there for a very long time. I'm going for two weeks on monday though... Your photos are really getting me in the mood now!!

6/20/2007 9:28:27 PM

 
Roger Bernabo
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Wonderful art effects and scene

6/21/2007 5:06:38 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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WOWEE Dianna!!!
Extremely BEAUTIFUL capture with excellent details and effects!!!
GORGEOUS!!!!!!! :o)

~Jeana~

6/21/2007 9:45:11 AM

 
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Hi Joerg! Where were you born? I miss Germany so very much and the local friends I made while there! It is a beautiful place and it felt like 'home' to me! Thanks for the comments and have a safe and pleasurable time!!

Thanks so much Roger!! Thanks so much Jeana!! How I do appreciate you both! :):)

Hi Colette!! I am NOT going to forget you!! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment so nicely!!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

6/21/2007 12:29:27 PM

 
Phil Stith
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Dianna, this is a quite beautiful photo and your Orton technique is so soft and rich. I've just got to make myself sit down and learn this.
Superb capture.
Phil Stith
(And you are right about the feet!!!)

6/23/2007 1:50:47 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Thanks Phil, very much! It is a very easy technique, just doesn't work with everything, believe me, I try it all! HA!

6/23/2007 3:18:36 PM

 
Joerg Schlagheck
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Hi again Dianna, I was born in a small town called Velbert. It is near Duesseldorf. My parents now live near Cologne.

6/23/2007 8:30:37 PM

 
Brenda c. McFarland
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Dianna- This is STUNNING! I have never been to Germany but I must say I would love to go now just to see the beautiful scenery that you were able to catch here in this lovely photo. I am amazed by the colors this is just Awesome!!
Brenda-Rock ON!!

6/23/2007 8:45:06 PM

 
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Beautiful image, Dianna. Great use of the Orton Technique. I have such a hard time finding images that it works well on. This one is just right!

6/23/2007 8:54:00 PM

 
Arlene Krassner
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This is a great photo Dianna. Orton works very well on this one.

6/24/2007 2:22:14 AM

 
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Beautiful!!!!!

6/24/2007 6:24:54 AM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Good Morning Joerg!! I know where Dusseldorf is! I think I went to every volksmarch in every town I could find! Again, have a lovely time visiting and please eat a yummy piece of 'kuchen' for me, ok?

Hi Brenda, you rock crazed girl!! How you make me chuckle!! Thank you and I wish I could take you there!! it is truly even more beautiful than photographs can portray! Thanks for the 'uplifting' comment!

Hi Sam, Arlene and Shelly! I genuinely appreciate you stopping and commenting! I hope you all have such a wonderful day today!! Thanks again!! :):)

6/24/2007 7:44:47 AM

 
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This is just a wonderful image all the way around, Dianna!
Terrific work!
~cheryl

6/30/2007 10:05:31 AM

 
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Hi, Dianna. I haven't visited your gallery, for what seemed to me to be just a little bit, but my goodness, you've been an effectively busy gal. The Orton effect obviously worked exceptionally well here. Extremely appealing and rich, beautiful colors. Just excellent composition. I've never visited Germany, but, boy, it's on my wish list. Most of my ancestors came from there. Mitch

7/1/2007 12:28:53 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Well, hello again! Thank you, Mitch! Germany was the best experience of my life! Europe truly does have some of the most beautiful scenery! My grandfather and great grandfather on my mother's side came from Germany and were wood 'carver's'! Had the most esquisite doors in all of N.C.! I hope you will be able to go there sme day before travel gets too dangerous!! I must catch up with my visits now, so I will 'see' you soon. Thanks so very much, Mitch!

7/1/2007 1:28:21 PM

 
Amber Blewett
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I love this photo...who needs to buy art? Your pictures are lovely.

7/12/2007 5:04:14 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Amber, wow, that is just one of the nicest comments a person can make!!!! Thank you SO VERY MUCH!!! :)

7/12/2007 8:22:51 PM

 
Indrajit Hajra

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Great shot Dianna..The dreamy effect set the right mood for this shot.Great going.Keep it up..

7/23/2007 12:40:32 AM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Thank you so very kindly, Indrajit!! Hope you have a most pleasant evening/and day!

7/23/2007 5:31:16 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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DIANNA WTG Girl...SO Proud of you.........Congratulation's on your finalist,good luck in the next round !!! Peaches

7/24/2007 8:31:20 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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Hey there, girl....BIG CONGRATS! Fabulous!

7/24/2007 9:16:30 PM

 
Arlene Krassner
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Good luck in the next round Dianna.

7/25/2007 2:36:54 AM

 
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Congratulations!

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7/25/2007 2:54:30 AM

 
Roger Bernabo
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Congratulations Dianna!!! Super work and well thought out!

7/25/2007 4:58:09 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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OK! Good for you, Dianna!

7/25/2007 7:30:50 AM

 
Joerg Schlagheck
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Congratulations, Dianna! And yes.., I ate some Kuchen on your behalf...LOL!

7/25/2007 7:34:26 AM

 
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Well.well.well.... Thank you very, very much Peaches, Pat, Arlene, Candice, Roger, Mitch and Joerg!! I truly mean that! :)

Willkommen, Joerg, I so hope you had a wonderful time!! Thanks for enjoyng that kuchen for me!! I DO miss that AND the kaffe! Haben sie einen großen tag! (?yes?)

7/25/2007 8:14:52 AM

 
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Beautifully made. Love the colors and the effect.
Congratulations
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7/25/2007 8:40:03 AM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Thank you INCREDIBLY much Mary!! You have a most impressive gallery full of lovely images!! Thank you for taking the time to stop and comment so graciously!

7/25/2007 8:45:07 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Dianna. Good luck in the next round.

7/25/2007 11:27:50 AM

 
David Pratt
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Congrats Dianna!

7/25/2007 12:34:50 PM

 
Phil Stith
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Congratulations on a well deserved finalist!!!

7/25/2007 1:00:55 PM

 
Elizabeth A. Marker
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Alright Dianna!!!!!!!!! A Finialist!!!!!!!!!!! I am jumping up & down for you!!!! You deserve this girlfriend!

7/25/2007 5:19:57 PM

 
Jeana Clark
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DIANNA!!!!
CONGRATS ON THIS WELL DESERVED FINALIST!!!

WAY TO GO GIRL!!!

~Jeana~

7/25/2007 5:39:13 PM

 
Steve M. Harrington
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Well deserved indeed, Dianna! :)
Steve

7/25/2007 8:39:29 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Good evening Kay, David, Phil, Liz, Jeana and Steve! I genuinely appreciate the well wishes and congrats form you all! :):) Dianna

7/25/2007 8:50:13 PM

 
Susan Candelario
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Congrats on this great Finalist!!!

7/26/2007 5:19:26 AM

 
Derek D. Dafoe
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Congrats on your Great Finalist!!

7/26/2007 5:42:06 AM

 
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It's a real beauty!
Congratulations!

7/26/2007 9:05:25 AM

 
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Thank you so very much Nobi, Susan and Derek! Have a wonderful day!! :):)

7/26/2007 1:16:17 PM

 
Carol Teal
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Whoohoo Dianna! Love the Orton and color along with the great comp! Congrats on the very desrving finalist!

7/27/2007 2:55:00 PM

 
Amy L. Maalmi
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This is so beautiful. I am in love with this picture. Congratulations! I had to add it to my favorites. I love the effect; very dreamy. Would you mind explaining what the Orton technique is?

8/9/2007 8:55:13 AM

 
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Hi there Carol! Somehow I had lost you in the comment thread but I did want to say thanks loads and I really appreciate your support and comments!

Hi there Amy! YOu are terribly sweet and I will be happy to send you Orton instructions! Thanks for making my day!

You both have a great day!!

8/9/2007 11:09:45 AM

 
Joyce Bohm
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WOW, is all I can say!!!!!!!!!!!

8/9/2007 9:33:49 PM

 
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I will take that as a 'positive'! :) Thank you JOYCE!

8/10/2007 10:29:25 PM

 
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Very nice PS and Orton work, Dianna ... certainly reminds me of when I once lived in Hanau (many moons ago) LOL. Congrats on this wonderful Finalist ... Steve

8/16/2007 4:11:13 AM

 
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Steve, I have missed you and hope all is well with you! :) Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment so nicely! ☺DK☺

8/16/2007 8:09:14 AM

 
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Congrats on this Lovely Finalist!! :)

8/27/2007 1:45:27 PM

 
Roger Bernabo
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Congratulations Dianna on a GREAT Finalist Image!!

8/27/2007 8:03:49 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Thanks loads Heather and Roger...but I think this one was from last round! I wish I had something this time around but don't ya'll! You are both terribly sweet for stopping by and sending me well wishes though!

8/28/2007 5:03:40 AM

 
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This is so beautiful Dianna. The Orton process really made this picture. Great job. Bill

9/2/2007 5:33:28 AM

 
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THANK YOU BILL! I am honored once again to have you stop and comment so wondefully! Have a genuinley nice day!

9/2/2007 7:59:22 AM

 
Linda Donnelly
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Lovely work. I like the Orton process but I have not done very well with it. This is great.

9/10/2007 1:21:10 PM

 
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HI LInda!!! Thanks so much for dropping by!!! I really appreciate your wonderful comments! Keep working with your Orton and don't give up! Just be sure to NOT leave it looking grainy, you have to up the % on it! AND, it does NOT work on EVERYTHING! Only certain images! I am sure you will find that 'magic' touch and once you do, you will have some really awesome images with this effect! Have a super Tuesday!

9/10/2007 8:36:13 PM

 
Elizabeth A. Marker
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Dianna, I am so proud of you and of your work! This is very well deserved!!
You earned it girl!! :) Liz

9/22/2007 9:23:50 PM

 
Peggy J. Maguire
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Outstanding Dianna !!!!!

9/23/2007 4:58:56 AM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Thank you Peggy and Liz!!!!

9/23/2007 8:05:39 AM

 
Crystal L. Craig
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Oh ... very lovely! Great effects, beautiful colours, wonderfully quaint! The end of the hike sounds delightful too! lol

11/6/2007 7:19:04 PM

 
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Hey ladybug! What cha doing 'back' here? lol! Thanks so much crystal for taking a GOOD look around!!! That means more than you know! I bet they have quite a few 'volksmarches' around your area!!! If you look it up bet you can find one and maybe if you're REALLY lucky, they too will have some tasty treat at the end of it! :)
Thanks so much for the uplifting wonderful comments!!

11/6/2007 9:36:10 PM

 
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Hey Dianna,
I absolutely LOVE this photograph. I wish I could have it put on canvas and hang it right oner my LoveSeat in our den. Every time I see this photo I there is something familiar about it to me and I really just love it and wanted to share that with you. FABULOUS JOB !!!
Blessings, Jenny

11/16/2007 7:14:53 AM

 
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Congrats~

11/26/2007 6:24:17 PM

 
Crystal L. Craig
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Hurrrrray! Congratulations m'dear on this fantabulous Finalist!!! Wahoo!

11/26/2007 6:52:03 PM

 
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How in the world did I ever miss this finalist??? Congratz, Dianna!!!
Beautiful work! Sounds like a terrific vacation!
Blessings, Lisa

11/20/2008 10:39:10 AM

 
Mike F. Anderson
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I love your editing on this one Diana! Great presentation!

12/10/2008 2:55:01 PM

 
Hurk (Steve) Hurkett
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Great shot, Dianna I love German (Lived in Hanau for a few years (many years ago)

12/10/2008 4:52:38 PM

 
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This is really beautiful! Your whole gallery is very impressive. Love your work Diana.

3/3/2009 8:06:04 AM

 
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Goodness Jenny! How on earth I could ever miss such a wonderful compliment and comment by you I do not KNOW! Thank you so very much!

Thank YOU Tammy, Crystal, Lisa and Mike and 'Hurk'!! Day late and a dollar short but no less heartfelt the gratitude!

Thank YOU incredibly much Debra! Mutual feelings shared here for sure! :):) Happy shooting!

3/3/2009 9:54:18 AM

 
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This is so beautiful dianna! The colors and effects are A+.

3/16/2009 12:16:19 PM

 
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SO nice of you Marisol!!! Thanks bunches!!!

3/31/2009 4:01:37 PM

 
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